The Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication

Paul Watzlawick


The Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication

The Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication

  • Title: The Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication
  • Author: Paul Watzlawick
  • ISBN: 9780393310207
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback



Although communications emerging in therapy are ascribed to the mind s unconscious, dark side, they are habitually translated in clinical dialogue into the supposedly therapeutic language of reason and consciousness But, Dr Watzlawick argues, it is precisely this bizarre language of the unconscious which holds the key to those realms where alone therapeutic change can taAlthough communications emerging in therapy are ascribed to the mind s unconscious, dark side, they are habitually translated in clinical dialogue into the supposedly therapeutic language of reason and consciousness But, Dr Watzlawick argues, it is precisely this bizarre language of the unconscious which holds the key to those realms where alone therapeutic change can take place.Dr Watzlawick suggests that rather than following the usual procedure of interpreting the patient s communications and thereby translating them into the language of a given psychotherapeutic theory, the therapist must learn the patient s language and make his or her interventions in terms that are congenial to the patient s manner of conceptualizing reality Only in that way, he shows, can the therapist effectively bring about genuine changes and problem resolutions Drawing on the work of Milton H Erickson, he supports his findings with many and often amusing examples.This book, then, is a virtual introductory course to the grammar and language of the unconscious.


Recent Comments "The Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication"

Man, that first chapter was a beast but now it's gotten very interesting

Este libro describe dos teorías del cambio: los grupos y el sentido lógico e ilógico de los cambios. Describe cómo se crean laberintos humanos, y luego hace un intento por aconsejar que el individuo se centre en la totalidad de la vida para así no verse afectado negativamente por el cambio, sino más bien aprovecharse de él para su beneficio.

Very well written and very informative. It is kind of techy in the language though; the author assumes that readers have a basic background in therapy.

Fascinating and fun, but not terribly practical


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